This book is gorgeous – full of color photos and step-by-step directions. I was disappointed, however. Based on the title, I was expecting to see representative cookies from various specific European cultures – French macrons, for example. Instead, the cookies all start from a basic recipe (a variation on sugar cookies) and then are varied by shape and filling. Although the book is wonderful to look at and the cookies are OK (but not amazing), it didn’t meet my expectations. Reserve it!